FAQ about your Server Permit or ABC Card



What do I do if I misplace or lose my ABC Card?

If you lose your permit, log into your RLPS system and you can reprint one from there. 

If you need further assitance please contact your local TABC office listed below:

(Click on the address for a map link)

Is there a grace period for obtaining a card?

There is a sixty-one (61) day grace period from date of hire or a promotion from a non-serving position to a serving position (example - host to server). If you already have an ABC card and your card is about to expire, you must obtain a new permit before your old one expires with no grace period.

How do I pay?

ABC Permit trainers typically only accepts cash and company checks and do not accept personal checks. Some trainers are accepting major credit cards; however you will need to check with your trainer once you sign up for a class. You can find your trainers contact information by clicking on the selected class you are interested in. 

Please keep in mind cost of the class is separate from the permit itself. 

What is the ABC?

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission is responsible for the enforcement and regulation of all phases of liquor by the drink in most states.

What is A Server Permit/ABC Card?

The ABC Permit is what you need to serve alcohol at any liquor-by-the-drink establishment in most states. A 5 hour instructional class is required by law to obtain this card. In this class you will learn alcohol awareness, the proper techniques for prevention and carding, and proper intervention. This also keeps you up to date on any changes in the laws on service of alcohol. Just taking the alcohol awareness class does not make you legal to serve alcohol in Tennessee. 

How do I acquire my ABC Server Permit?

You will need to successfully pass the test at the end of the class in order to be eligible for a permit. 

 Please arrive 15 minutes early to class, bring your ID and cash for the class. If you would like to bring extra money for food. 

Step 1: Register for your class at www.abcpermits.com

Step 2: Receive the link to the RLPS System to complete your application for your permit. 

Step 3: Register for your account in the RLPS 

Step 4: Complete application and pay $20 application fee. 

Step 5: Come to class with your RLPS Number to give your trainer. 

Step 6: Pass the class

Step 7: Receive your ABC Permit via e-mail from the TABC. 

Step 8: Print your permit and give to your employer.